definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,329 miles

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2006 Dodge Dakota suspension problems

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2006 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 302010

Dakota 6-cyl

  • 68,952 miles


Dealership suggested stabilizer bar links need replacement. Replaced both links twice without correcting front suspension "clunking". possible of lower ball joints failing.

- Independence, KS, USA

problem #6

Jan 172010


  • 33,325 miles
Purchased a 2006 Dodge Dakota with 29119 miles. Right front tire was worn unevenly. Purchased new tires at 33,325 miles and was told alignment could not be done because lower ball joint had failed. Waiting to check with dealer. Ridiculously low miles for a suspension part to fail.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #5

Apr 232008


  • miles
Vehicle vibrates severely when od (lock-up) comes in at 40 mph, if brakes are applied after this the vehicle shakes and jumps all aver the road. 4 tires replaced twice, front rotors replaced, rear drums turned. Upon further inspection I checked all the sway bar items and front end; the sway bar struts were broken, I replaced and problem solved.

- Faxon, OK, USA

problem #4

Jul 202009

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles


Whenever the contact would drive over a bump he noticed that the entire front of the vehicle would shake and rattle. The contact also noticed that whenever he turns in any direction the steering wheel will creek and bump. The vehicle was taken to the dealership where the contact was informed that the steering column needed to be replaced. The contact did not notice any differences beforehand, the current and failure mileage is 53000. Bml updated 9/17/09 the consumer also stated the front struts and sway bars were replaced. Updated 09/18/09.

- Pine Grove, PA, USA

problem #3

Sep 112008


  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Dakota. While driving approximately 45 mph on normal road conditions, the front end of the vehicle pulled to the right and shook uncontrollably. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and they stated that the ball joints failed. The vehicle has not been repaired. The contact was concerned of the safety risk involved. The failure mileage was 38,000 and current mileage was 40,000.

- Geneva, NY, USA

problem #2

Feb 042003


  • 5,000 miles
The vehicle was purchased 12-14-06 and shortly after I began to experience the bouncing and rolling on the front suspension as well as numerous types of rattling noises. Shocks were replaced on 3-14-07 and front sway bar links on 4-24-07. Since then, front sway bar links were replaced again as well as one tie rod end. One sway bar link was replaced in the back of the vehicle and the other is currently needs replaced. The condition has gotten progressively worse and now includes a front end shaking on almost smooth roads as well as the steering wheel moving left and right in my hands when going around turns. This vehicle is a safety issue as I have to virtually hold a death grip on the wheel to keep from loosing control when I hit a bump, dip, strip bump, pavement waves, etc.

- Wheeling, WV, USA

problem #1

Apr 012007

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Dakota. While driving 50 mph, the vehicle would jump sideways when driving over a bump or pothole. The dealer stated that the failure was a normal occurrence. As of December 13, 2007, the dealer had not repaired the vehicle. The failure mileage was 25 and current mileage was 16,600.

- Moundsville, WV, USA

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